Siri's Fried Walleye Sandwich with Tartar Sauce
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Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Fried walleye always comes to mind when I think of Minnesota comfort food. As the official fish of the great state where I grew up, it's a staple at many restaurants but more importantly to me, something my mom often made. Whether you eat it in a sandwich or serve it alongside wild rice for dinner, it's the perfect game-day food.

Technique tip: I like to season my flour, egg and panko individually with salt and pepper, which will help to properly season the fish as you cook.

Swap option: If you can't find walleye, you could use another white fish like cod, tilapia or halibut.


  • Tartar sauce

    • 2/3 cup mayo
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 dill pickle, finely diced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Sandwiches

    • 4 boneless, skinless walleye fillets (about 2 pounds)
    • 1/2 cup flour
    • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
    • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • To assemble

    • 4 soft rolls, lightly toasted
    • Pickle slices (optional)
    • Shredded lettuce (optional)
    • Tomato slices (optional)


For the tartar sauce:

Combine all ingredients in a small and whisk until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

For the sandwiches:

1. Place flour, eggs and panko into three separate, shallow bowls. Season each with salt and pepper.

2. Heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet.

3. Coat filets first in flour, then in egg mixture (do not overcoat) and then in panko.

4. Sauté for 3-4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Remove fish onto plate with paper towel.

To assemble:

Spread tartar sauce on both sides of roll and place fish in between and top with pickles, lettuce and tomato, if using.

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